6 Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Today’s verses indicate that there is a season in life when the Lord may be found of us. If we seek Him we will find Him if we seek Him with all of our hearts. When we seek the Lord we are to forsake our wicked ways and our unrighteous thoughts and we are to turn to the Lord. When we do, regardless of the level of our sin that we are forsaking, God will have mercy on us and God will abundantly pardon us.
While we know these facts about seeking God and finding His mercy and pardon, when we stop and ponder them they really don’t make any human sense. We never let the bad guy off. We always want to see justice satisfied. Even if it requires getting the manager we want justice done. But here God says that He will forego justice and will supply mercy to both the wicked and the unrighteous.
How can God do this amazing act of mercy and pardon? We cannot tell. What we are told that God so acts because his thoughts are different from ours and His ways are higher than ours. God does not owe us any explanation regarding His mercy. He desires to abundantly pardon all who come to Him. God receives glory when a sinner is pardoned. We are not to try to understand it but we are thankful for God’s higher ways and His merciful thoughts.
The next time someone deserves justice, try giving them mercy and pardon. For a moment, act like God. This is abnormal for us. I blew this just yesterday. God, who forgives all of our sin, calls us to act in a merciful manner toward others. Let us act less like us and more like God. Perhaps we will see more people come to God’s mercy and pardon when we show them what it might look like.
Saturday at 11:30 there is a memorial service for George Diaz. Most of you don’t know George but you do know Barb Keller, Violet’s grandma. George and Barb had been close friends for over 35 years. The memorial will be at our church.
Saturday morning is our monthly men’s prayer breakfast at Denny’s. Sunday is our dinner day at the church. These are important times of fellowship for us all. After the dinner on Sunday Dave and I will be going out to downtown Naperville to try to engage people in gospel conversations. Please pray that God will prepare those whom He wants us to speak to. If you would like to come with us to see what we do just bring some casual clothes with you to church.
Have a great day in the Lord,